The current education system was designed for an Industrial Age. The fast changing digital/AI future and the threats of climate change require adaptability, resilience and problem solving skills that are not currently being provided by schools, instead we have a rise in mental health issues in young people who aren't being valued for their wide range of talents and a workforce skills deficit.
Using years of educational and neuroscience research and the learning objectives from the UK National Curriculum, we have built a transdisciplinary, project-based curriculum and a portfolio-based, formative assessment framework for students aged 10 to 18.
Our five pathways offer projects where knowledge is continually applied in real world contexts, to improve student engagement and memory. We are interested in supporting individual students to find their passions, interests and talents by offering them more autonomy over their learning in both the content they research and the ways in which they present their learning.
We use a feedback instead of competitive grades. Students write daily 'What Went Well', 'Even Better If' and 'Goals for Next Week' statements and are able to progress at their own pace. Their portfolios and 9 core life-skills are evaluated through a combination of self, peer and mentor assessments which culminate in end of semester reports for each pathway.
We won seed funding from Cambridge University and the Ivan Baines Award for a company 'most likely to change the world'. We currently have two pilot schools, Empathy Middle School in Bali, where we have been developing our pathways since January 2022 and Chatmore British International School, Bermuda. Chatmore received our 10 day pilot in January 2023 and have signed a 1 year curriculum license for September 2023, they will eventually become a master licensee/BE Mentor training centre for the Caribbean.
We are establishing licenses with two new partner schools in Cambridge and we have had considerable interest from other schools globally. Our plan is to gather proof of concept before launching a global sales program and building our own BE School in Cambridge, UK.
If you are interested in our curriculum and/or BE Mentor training please check out our website, www.davincilifeskills.com and contact Rosina@davincilifeskills.com.